Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is requesting the removal of Confederate monuments in Virginia, following the violent rallies and protests in Charlottesville over the weekend.
"Unfortunately, the recent events in Charlottesville demonstrate that monuments celebrating the leadership of the Confederacy have become flashpoints for hatred, division, and violence," McAuliffe said in a statement on Wednesday.
"I hope we can all now agree that these symbols are a barrier to progress, inclusion, and equality in Virginia and, while the decision may not be mine to make, I believe the path forward is clear," he added.
His statement Wednesday shows a shift in McAuliffe's position on the monuments. In June 2015, he expressed his support that the monuments were part of Virginia's heritage.
Since the Charlottesville violence, the talk is being turned into action in cities and states around the country on the removal of longstanding Confederate monuments.
Gov. Roy Cooper, D-N.C., called for the removal of Confederate monuments in his state on Tuesday.
"We cannot continue to glorify a war against the United States of America fought in the defense of slavery," Cooper said in a statement. "These monuments should come down."
Shortly after this statement, protesters in Durham removed a Confederate monument in response to the violence in Charlottesville.
Confederate monuments have also been removed from Baltimore, Md., after ongoing pressure from Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh.
"It's done," Pugh said Wednesday morning. "They needed to come down. My concern is for the safety and security of our people. We moved as quickly as we could."